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Corporate and M&A

We advise both local and international clients across the wide spectrum of corporate work including mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructurings, corporate governance issues and compliance as well as venture-capital transactions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our M&A team has handled numerous middle market transactions, ranging in size from less than EUR 5 million to over EUR 500 million. Our clients benefit from our knowledge of local regulations and many years’ experience of advising on cross-border M&A transactions. As such, we act on mergers and acquisitions of listed or private companies, joint ventures, buyouts, divestments, auctions and tender offers.

Corporate Restructuring

Acting on financial and tax restructurings, we handle issues regarding national and international sale and acquisition transactions, (cross-border) mergers, demergers, capital increases and decreases, distribution of dividends, simplification of group structures and company liquidations.

Private Equity & Venture Capital

We offer full legal support during the entire investment life cycle, from entry to exit, including assistance to founders or investors, due diligence, fund structuring and fund raising, investment documentation, (mezzanine, Series A, Series B,…) financing, shareholders’ (convertible) loans, management incentive plans, exits,…

General Corporate, Corporate Governance and Compliance

We ensure that our client’s companies are fully compliant with their corporate law obligations at all times - which can be a significant challenge, particularly within a global environment where sanctions for noncompliance can be severe.

Our corporate lawyers have industry experience in banking, finance, business services, chemicals, consumer products, defense, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, pharmaceuticals, real estate, retail, software, technology and transportation.

Examples of work

M&A

  • Assisting a global manufacturer of highly engineered food processing equipment and systems in its acquisition of a Belgian based innovative provider of gas powered heating, roasting, searing and grilling equipment solutions for the food industry.
  • Assisting a leading global security company with the disposal of its courier business in Belgium as well as its diamond courier business.
  • Assisting the owners of one of the leading manufacturers of diagnostics and cell culture media for use in assisted reproductive techniques and diagnosis of male infertility, with the sale of their shares.
  • Assisting a French, family owned, foods group with the sale of the business of one of their group companies, consisting of software licensing, IT supply and maintenance services to Belgian bakeries.
  • Assisting a leading provider of managed services and specialist staffing expertise with respect to the acquisition of one of its competitors.
  • Assisting a family owned Dutch group offering positive displacement pumps and mixing solutions with its acquisition of a group of companies’ experts in milking machines, milk cooling and specialist products for the food and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Assisting a FTSE 100 company in its attempts to acquire a leading catering company in Belgium.
  • Acting for a UK based information assurance firm, in its acquisition of a group of companies based in Belgium and Luxemburg, which are all active in the domain services segment and a subsequent MBO.
  • Assisting a worldwide leader in the supply of advertising opportunities across roadside and public transport with ist acquisition of a majority stake in a local niche player..
  • Assisting a worldwide leader in electronic security systems with its acquisition of a provider of security alarm monitoring services from a German leading industrial player.
  • Assisting a global chemicals company with the sale of its majority stake in a joint venture with another leader in the chemicals sector.
  • Assisting one of the largest private bus operators in Belgium with the sale of its 23 subsidiaries.

Venture Capital

  • Acting for a SEC registered investment management firm in its investment a spin-off of the University of Ghent, active in food ingredients solutions for the food industry.
  • Acting for a venture capital firm investing in technology companies, based in NY and the Middle East, with its investment in a Belgian 3D printing start-up.
  • Acting for an Irish private equity firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments, with respect to its envisaged investment in a hotel group, owning a series of hotels located in Belgian province cities.

Restructuring

  • Advising and assisting Brady, Doosan, DuPont, Eni, Heinz, Parker Hannifin and Sally
    Beauty on their European corporate restructurings, involving mergers and demergers.
  • Providing corporate secretarial assistance to a wide range of multinationals includingTyco, Pentair, Smiths Medical, Brady, Boeing, Motorola, Kellogg, Monsanto, Rockwell, Enersys, Apco, John Crane, American Express, Check Point Software Technologies (Belgium), PPD, Platform, Rolls-Royce, Sherwin Williams, Varian Medical, Impellam, Guardian, Heinz, Signode, Pall, ADM, Trimas, Graphic Packaging, Blackrock, Zebra, Christie’s, Doosan, Albemarle, Supergroup, McCain, Aspen, …